The Winning Team

The Winning Team

Sutton Coldfield Circle held a quiz night at its March meeting with circle brothers and visitors from Stoke On Trent and Kenilworth Circles having to answer questions on a variety of subjects. Brothers were organised into teams of three or four with Brother Vice President Tony Walsh acting as quizmaster. After testing their knowledge and skills the winning team was declared consisting of Brother Provincial Chamberlain Jim Gillen of Stoke On Trent Circle, Brother Provincial President Danny McAree of Kenilworth Circle and Brother Mike McNamara of Sutton Coldfield Circle. Each was presented with a suitable bottle. Thanks was expressed to Brother Secretary Steve Broom for organising the quiz

Damien IV

Damien IV

Damien Convey joins his brother, dad and uncle in joining the Catenian Association. At the February ladies informal meeting at Chesford Grange Hotel, Damien Convey was enrolled as a member of Kenilworth Circle. Damien joins little ‘Brother’ Ciaran, the Circles Membership Officer doubling the number of ‘Convey’s’ in the Circle in less than 2 years! Proud parents Sean & Sheila Convey were also at the meeting to see another son join the association.

I the photo L-R: Ciaran, Sheila, Damiens wife Anne-Marie, Damien, Sean, Diane and Pat Convey.

Streetly Auction Raises Hundreds for President’s Charities

Streetly Auction Raises Hundreds for President’s Charities

In February Streetly Circle held its annual bottle and gift auction. We were grateful for a large number of bottle donations from our Brothers, some unwanted Christmas gifts, and other prizes were generous donations of some value, including a Satnav from Brother David Grocott.

We were delighted to welcome a large number of visiting Brothers who also joined in the bidding, and by the end of the auction the grand sum of £475 had been raised, to be used towards our Circle President’s 2 chosen charities, supporting reformed ex-prisoners, and students from local schools wishing to help as carers at the Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage.
Here is a photo of our two very persuasive auctioneers for the evening, (Brothers Tony Fleming and Martin Jackson), with the large number of donated prizes.

 

Droitwich Circle’s new meeting venue.

Droitwich Circle’s new meeting venue.

On 7th February, Droitwich Circle moved to its new meeting and dinner venue:

The Pear Tree Inn & Country Hotel,
Smite,
Worcester,
WR3 8SY

Tel: 01905 756565
Fax: 01905 756777

A total of twenty-eight brothers, visitors and guests enjoyed an excellent meal and registered their approval of the new location.

A reminder – the 7th March meeting will be a ladies’ informal preceded by Mass for Vocations.

Brother President raises 2032 for 232

Brother President raises 2032 for 232

The chosen charity of Brother President Mark McGrail of Sutton Coldfield Circle (232) during his term of office has been the Lisieux Trust, a local Sutton Coldfield charity which assists and gives advice to people in the community with disabilities. The charity has close links to the Circle as a number of Brothers were involved with its establishment over 30 years ago. During  Brother Mark’s year, a number of  fund-raising events have been held, including a very successful auction which raised £660. The total amount raised topped £2032 — a figure to equal the number of the Circle!

The photograph shows the presentation of the cheque outside Lisieux Trust  headquarters with (left to right) Brother President Mark McGrail. Helen McGrail, Jess Alsop- Greenacre (Chief Executive of the Trust) and Brother Secretary Steve Broom.

 

Leamington Circle’s Dad’s, Lads and Daughters Plus Evening

Leamington Circle’s Dad’s, Lads and Daughters Plus Evening

If it’s early January it must be time again for Leamington Spa Circle’s special Dad’s, Lads and Daughters Evening. Once again the emphasis was on the family and the event was widened to include nephews and nieces and in-laws. With no worries this year about severe weather conditions there was a good turnout of Brothers and their relations. Everyone enjoyed a good meal and a lot of chat and laughter. The young ones certainly enlivened the evening and it was a pleasure to have so many present. It was a very successful and convivial evening to start the new year at the Chesford Grange Hotel.